Here are some of the key highlights from the August 2018 release. For the complete list of new features, enhancements, and fixes in the release, see:
- Mediate: API Design and Management
- B2B Management / EDI
- User Experience (UX)
- Community Ideas Delivered
Initiative: Boomi Loves Developers
We want code developers to have a first class experience in Boomi. This initiative is about improving the experience for integration developers in Boomi, from configuration through code.
Scripting component and IDE - User Settings
Building on the past release of the new scripting component and IDE, this enhancement allows you to configure certain IDE settings, and includes additional enhancements to the experience.
Set font size, tab size, indent guides, and active line highlight.
Choose from a predetermined list of themes.
The Scripting component makes use of the code editor improvements in this release, as illustrated below.
For more information, see Customizing your code editor settings.
Show Recently Used Components
In developing a process, you often need to choose the same component multiple times. AtomSphere will now remember recently used components and show them at the top of the list. We estimate that this enhancement will save the average developer tens of hours a year when searching for components.
Up to 3 of the most recently used components are displayed.
Recently used components are stored for the duration of the session.
Close Tabs by X
To simplify how you manage tabs you can now close Build tabs by clicking an “x” on the tab itself. An overflow menu is also available when you have many tabs open.
For more information, see Build page layout.
Initiative: Simplify Runtime Management
We want to minimize as much of the burden associated with the administration of Atoms, Molecules and Atom Clouds as possible. The goal is to minimize manual configuration and monitoring of runtime environments to enable organizations to more easily deploy at scale.
Runtime configuration via the platform UI
Allow for configuration of Atom system settings via the platform UI.
Configuration options are added to Atom Properties (within Atom Management) to enable you to centrally manage system settings through the platform UI. These settings could previously only be configured by directly editing the atom.vmoptions file.
The following configurations are added to the Basic tab:
Additional properties may be added via the Custom tab, but we do not validate them. This point is indicated to administrators in a warning notification.
There are six “overlapping” settings that can currently be configured via container.properties or atom.vmoptions. These settings are consolidated to enable management via container.properties:
For more information, see Properties panel.
Initiative: Improvements to Boomi’s Hosting Environment
The migration of the Dell Boomi platform to Amazon Web Services (AWS) is scheduled to occur Saturday, August 18, 2018. To learn more about the migration, see “Dell Boomi's Planned Improvements to its Hosting Environment.”
When will the migration take place?
In order to minimize the impact to our customers, platform migration will occur over a weekend. The worldwide usage of the platform on a weekend is significantly less than on weekdays. Dell Boomi is planning to migrate the platform Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Migration of the Dell Boomi Atom Clouds will be performed in subsequent phases during the second half of 2018. As details about the Atom Cloud migration and specific dates become available, Dell Boomi will provide more information.
What will the impact to the platform be during migration?
During Phase 1 of the migration, the Dell Boomi platform and its APIs will be unavailable. The platform is the user interface that enables users to access Dell Boomi applications. Scheduled processes will continue to run on both Boomi-hosted and on-premise Atoms, Molecules, and Atom Clouds while the platform is migrated. For detailed information about the impacts, see this section of the Community article.
The URL for the platform will not change from https://platform.boomi.com/. However, the platform IP addresses will be changing. If customers whitelist IP addresses, action will be required to ensure their continued access to the platform. For the list of new IP addresses, see this section of the Community article.
What do I need to do to prepare for platform migration?
No action is required by users. However, users might want to consider taking the measures described here.
How will I know what’s happening on the day of the platform migration event?
During this and any other maintenance event, Dell Boomi will communicate through the Dell Boomi Status Page.
Mediate: API Design and Management
The API Management team is in the midst of technical discovery efforts toward the incorporation of open source technologies into our platform. The ultimate goal of this effort is to address API Gateway and API Developer Portal functionality gaps by the start of next year.
We are engaged in ongoing meetings with internal and external stakeholders to validate designs and garner input. User Experience is leading these engagements to ensure we are meeting the mark on addressing our users’ most urgent needs and challenges in this space.
B2B Management / EDI
Initiative: Reporting API for All B2B Standards
In order to enable external reporting use cases, Boomi is adding reporting API’s for all EDI standards. Thus far, X12, AS2, and, now, EDIFACT APIs are available.
EDIFACT Reporting API
A query API has been added that supports getting EDIFACT reporting metadata.
An EDIFACT Connector Record object is exposed in the AtomSphere API.
The QUERY method is supported.
Tracked fields and others are queryable.
For more information, including the list of queryable fields, see EDIFACT Connector Record object.
Initiative: Expand Connector Capability
After an initial release of an application connector that targets Minimum Viable Product capabilities, we continue to enhance application connectors to accommodate new use cases that our customers would like to handle using an application connector. We also update these connectors periodically to expose new connector capabilities that are made possible due to updated APIs published by the application vendor.
Disk (Tech Preview) connector
Use the Disk (Tech Preview) connector to read and write from the underlying file system of the host machine where the Atom is running.
This new connector will eventually replace the legacy Disk connector. The new connector provides an experience that is more consistent with most other connectors and includes the following features which are unique to the new connector:
List the contents of a directory and view the files brought into a process.
Search for files based on specified filter criteria.
In addition to retrieving file name and directory, retrieve additional information such as the date created, modified date, and file size.
The Disk (Tech Preview) connector is a Tech Preview not intended for production use.
For more information, see Disk (Tech Preview) Connector.
ServiceNow REST (Tech Preview) connector
The ServiceNow REST (Tech Preview) connector enables you to directly connect to ServiceNow and use a process to insert, retrieve, update, delete, and query records (incidents, cases, accounts, customers, products, etc.) in ServiceNow.
This new connector will eventually replace the legacy ServiceNow connector that works with the SOAP API. The benefits of using the ServiceNow REST (Tech Preview) connector in a process instead of the legacy connector include the following:
Uses the more recent REST API.
Ability to select only the fields that are needed, dramatically reducing the size of data extracted from large tables.
Ability to selectively choose in an operation the value the database returns or inserts for fields (the Display Value, the Actual Value, or Both).
The ServiceNow REST (Tech Preview) connector is a Tech Preview not intended for production use.
For more information, see ServiceNow REST (Tech Preview) connector.
User Experience (UX)
Call for Participation
What: Research & Discovery with Customers, Partners, and Internal Users
Boomi uses evidence-based design to ensure that new features and design elements enhance ease of use and overall user experience. User Experience (UX) designers and researchers meet with Boomi users to discuss use cases, create scenarios, and test concepts, to validate their usability. The outcome of these efforts influences how features are designed and implemented.
These sessions are conducted remotely or in-person, and generally wrap up within an hour. If you would like to participate in future usability sessions, please provide your information in this form, including the areas of Boomi in which you want to be involved.
Community Ideas Delivered
Congratulations Boomi innovators! Here are your ideas delivered in this release.
- Provide a "recently used" list when choosing components
- API for EDIFACT documents
- The new Disk connector incorporates a number of your ideas related to file-based connectors including:
Do you have an Idea for Boomi? Let us know! (login required)